U-M School of Nursing BSN program - first-year applicants


The University of Michigan School of Nursing seeks to create a class of academically excellent, culturally diverse students who show a genuine, demonstrated interest in contributing to the changing world of health care. See below to guide you through the application process or request more information. Admission is for fall term only. The Common Application and the Coalition Application will be available August 1.






“You’re with the same group for four years. I love that the clinical rotations are different each semester so I’ve gotten to know a lot of people really well and made a lot of good friends who support me.”

— Bailey Forde, U-M School of Nursing undergraduate student

Bailey Forde Portrait

The Common Application is accessible online at commonapp.org.

The Coalition Application is accessible online at coalitionforcollegeaccess.org

Application instructions

  • Add the University of Michigan to your list of colleges.
  • Select fall 2020 as term of choice.
  • Select the School of Nursing as your school of choice.

A complete application for freshman admission must include

  • Completed Common Application or Coalition Application with $75 application fee.
  • School Report (Common Application) or Counselor Recommendation (Coalition Application).
  • One academic teacher evaluation.
  • Official high school transcript.
    • Send transcript(s) directly to: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 1220 Student Activities Building, 515 East Jefferson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316.
  • Standardized test scores
  • All undergraduates must take either the SAT or the ACT.
  • Official test scores must be received by the University of Michigan before the application deadline.
    • Send test scores to the University of Michigan directly from the testing agency using the exam codes:
  • SAT code: 1839
  • ACT code: 2062
  • Application fee of $75 or fee waiver.

Enrollment Connect is a U-M website for all your application needs: Track your checklist and application status, receive important messages from our office, view your application decision and more.

To log in, you must use the login credentials from the email you receive from Michigan.Admissions@umich.edu verifying your application submission has been successful. If you have not received your login credentials, please visit the verification email not received section. Verification emails for the 2020 application terms will NOT be sent until early September.

Current students and non-degree/guest applicants, including those applying to the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program (Postbac MEDPREP), should go to Wolverine Access instead.

Admission requirements

To be considered for the traditional BSN program, applicants are highly recommended to have completed the following credits:

  • Four units of English.
  • Three units of math (including second-year algebra and geometry).
  • Four units of science (including two units of lab science, one of which is chemistry).
  • Two units of social science.
  • Two units of foreign language.
  • Additional math and science courses are encouraged.

Transfer credit policy for freshmen

If you have earned transfer credits during dual enrollment, enrollment in an early or middle college program, or through advanced placement or international baccalaureate testing, please review the U-M School of Nursing credit policy for freshmen to learn how your coursework or exam scores may be used to fulfill some credits in the traditional BSN curriculum.

Licensure disclosure

This program was designed to satisfy educational prerequisites to RN licensure in the state of Michigan. It has not been determined whether educational prerequisites to licensure would be satisfied in other states. If you plan to seek licensure in a state other than Michigan please consult with the appropriate board of nursing to ensure compliance.

The School of Nursing appreciates that our applicants come from a variety of communities, schools and experiences. As such, our approach to reviewing applications is an individualized and holistic one. The U-M School of Nursing looks for students who show solid academic strength, involvement in extracurricular activities and demonstrate a genuine interest in the field of nursing.

Educational background

At the U-M School of Nursing, we like to see applicants who are challenging themselves academically throughout their high school career. Students should take advantage of any science courses offered at their high school, as well as any AP or IB courses offered. A statistics course is not required, however exposure to the subject during high school may be good preparation for our curriculum, as statistics is part of the nursing curriculum at the freshmen level.

Extracurricular activities

We encourage students to have exposure to the health care field. This can be done through working or volunteering in a health care setting. Examples of this include volunteering at a blood drive, volunteering at a nursing home, doctor’s office, etc. Another way students can demonstrate interest in the nursing field is by job shadowing a nurse or having an informational interview with a nurse. Exposure to different health care settings can help students solidify their career aspirations.

Many of our students are involved in extracurricular activities, clubs, student organizations and community service; competitive applicants will address these experiences throughout their application.


Good communication skills are vital to finding success in the nursing field. Our most successful nursing students have the ability to synthesize information learned in class and apply it to clinical experience. Your essay is your opportunity to tell your own story in your own voice. We encourage you to utilize essays to communicate your unique attributes while supplementing the other information in your application. Most importantly, we want to see your essays communicate genuine interest in the field of nursing and the U-M School of Nursing.

We are excited to meet you! The U-M School of Nursing welcomes you to visit us and see our state of the art facilities. By clicking visit us, you can register for drop-in hours, information sessions or the Office of Undergraduate Admissions’ campuswide tour.

Please contact us by emailing UMSN-UndergradAdmissions@med.umich.edu or by calling, 734-763-5985.


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